Mozilla's answer to Adobe AIR

Adobe brings web apps to the desktop with AIR, Microsoft is doing similar things with Silverlight, and now Mozilla announces Prism. The biggest difference between Prism and it's competitors is that you don't have to do anything extra to create a Prism app from a web app.


ColdFusion and Friends in Google Trends

I saw a news report yesterday talking about Google Trends, and how you can see what countries and cities search for particular terms the most. I thought it would be fun to find out what countries/cities rank highest for some ColdFusion related terms:


Mylyn-Must Have Eclipse Plugin

Have you ever wished you could save a set of open files as a task, close these files to work on a different project, and then easily return to your earlier task? I recently learned about an Eclipse plugin called Mylyn from temega, Mike Rankin, and Dinner on the CFEclipse mailing list. Mylyn was folded into the larger Eclipse project as of Eclipse 3.3. This plugin fills a lot of needs I've been wishing for in Eclipse for a long time. This quote from the project lead sums it up nicely: "We've heard users claim that the Mylyn tool increases their efficiency to the point where they feel like they are coding at the speed of thought. Reducing the UI friction that thwarts our productivity is what the Mylyn project is all about." - Mik Kersten. Here's a short feature list that I stole from this InfoQ article about the latest Mylyn release:


Upgraded to BlogCFC 5.9

In record time, I've already got my blog upgraded. Ray just barely release version 5.9 last night. But I had some time today, and I really wanted some of the new features in this release, like the threaded pinging when you post a new entry. So here we are. Thanks Ray!

CFFeed Gotcha

I ran into a problem with cffeed tonight. If you are creating an RSS feed, and you use a query to populate the feed, keep in mind that when you create the columnMap structure, your column names might need to be upper case.


Interesting SQL Facts

Yesterday I found out there's a DateDiff function in SQL Server that works the same as ColdFusion's DateDiff. Today I was curious if DateDiff is part of the ANSI SQL standard, or if it's a proprietary Microsoft SQL extension. I never found my answer, but it doesn't look like Oracle supports it. However, I did find some interesting facts about SQL:


Speed up page loads, defer your JavaScript

A coworker of mine showed me something today that looks interesting. Say you've got a page with a lot of client site JS code that runs AFTER the page is loaded. Things like form validation, Ajax functions, stuff like that. Well, apparently you can add a defer attribute to your script tag, and the browser will not load the JS file until AFTER the page has been fully loaded and displayed to the user. With JavaScript heavy sites, this could dramatically decrease page load times. Here's an example:

I am not sure if this works in all browsers, and I'm not sure if it causes any problems. If anybody has any experience with this, please drop me a comment.

Digg style voting for CF blog entries

Niel Middleton has updated with Digg like features. You can now vote "up or down" on blog entries, and view the top 10 entries for each blog category on his site. Very cool! This is something I've been hoping for, for a long time. It's not exactly what I'd like to see, though, which is a site that allows anybody to submit stories for consideration. The only way to get stories onto feed-squirrel is to have a blog that Niel aggregates. But this is definitely a BIG step in the right direction. Bravo, Niel!

CFQuickDocs and my Blog Now Powered by CF 8

I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of ColdFusion, and it's CF 8 to boot! :) So this blog, and CFQuickDocs are now powered by ColdFusion 8. If you're curious, my sites used to run on BlueDragon 6. Next, I want to start taking advantage of some of the cool new features in CF 8 in CFQuickDocs.

I guess I'm not much of a nerd says I'm an Uber Cool Light-Weight Nerd. What are you? Click here!

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